Classic Car Adventures visits the London Classic Car show to celebrate 50 years of the Italian Job.
This year is the anniversary of the Italian job being released, the greatest Mini film ever made and this year; Octane magazine sponsored a wonderful celebration at the London Classic Car show. The Excel centre was host to fantastic array of all things classic Mini and what a show it was. The grand parade in the centre of the exhibition displayed a moving parade of classic Minis from all decades, including some weird and wonderful incarnations never really seen before in such a public space.
Those familiar with the Italian job film, not the remake, were in for a lovely treat with a full sized display of the bus and Mini scene, alongside homage’s to the cars of the film and other vehicles featured. Whether you are a Classic Mini enthusiast or just a fan of Classic cars, the displays from this year show was probably the best we’ve seen at the Excel.
The Southern Mini owners club had a quirky display featuring a ‘barn find’ mk1, complete with fake chickens running over the rusted out Mini looking like it had seen better days, Bravo guys! Other classic car dealers had pulled out for display their Classic Mini’s for sale. It seems almost every one had a Mini to show and find a potential new home for. The love for the little car was everywhere! There were many art stands too, offering gorgeous prints of Classic Minis and even a live display of a Mini that was covered in paint celebrating the Minis heritage.
For those lucky enough to own a classic Mini now is the year to dig it out and stretch its legs. If you have a Mini that’s tucked away, the very second the weather is good enough for a drive, make sure you do it. This is the year of the Classic Mini for sure! Failing that, if you don’t own one, why not talk to us about renting one...we can even help with where to go in it.